Reflections on the Book of Acts #28: Paul, Rome, and the Witness of the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit

So we’ve reached the end. This is the last chapter of Acts. I’ve really enjoyed being able to share these thoughts and committing to doing so kept me faithful in reading. There have been a few times when I didn’t post as early as I’d like, but I still haven’t missed a day. Of course, …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #19: Facecloths and Aprons?

Here’s the link to Acts 19. Sometimes you read a passage of Scripture and something sticks out because it speaks to you, because it’s especially meaningful or helpful. Then there are bits that stick out because when you read them, you think, “Huh?” This chapter of Acts has one of those. Here it is: God …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #15: The Jerusalem Council

Here's the link to Acts 15. So the tension between Jewish Christians and Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians comes to something of a head in our passage. Some Jewish Christians were of the conviction that Gentile converts to the faith ought to be circumcised. That is, they should also, essentially, become proselyte Jews in order to become …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #11: James and Peter

Here’s the link to Acts 12. Our passage begins by telling us that King Herod (Herod Agrippa I, 12 B.C. – 44 A.D) violently persecuted Christians. James, one of the two “sons of thunder,” was executed by his order. Proclaiming Christ as the risen king gets you into trouble. Herod also arrested and imprisoned Peter. …

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